I'm Karen Giannino, senior associate dean of admission at Colgate University in New York, AMA.
We're in the middle of the admission cycle again. I've been doing this for 25 years and I believe my most important job is to help students and parents navigate the admission and financial aid process.
We are hosting a live admission webinar tonight, 8 PM EST. If I don't get to your question here, I'll bring it with me tonight.
Edit #1: Wow, the front page of reddit--thank you! Thanks for all of the great questions--we tried to answer some of on the live webinar. Need to go read some applications! I'll check back tomorrow and answer questions that we don't get to tonight.
Edit #2: Took a break from reading applications and see a lot of conversation and wanted to address the top question. Thank you for such a thoughtful discussion. I'll be sure to answer more questions as I have time.
Edit #3: Be back tomorrow. Thanks for the great questions, and the great answers, too. We tried to answer some them last night. I'll keep answering them between reading applications.
Final edit: the video where we address more of your answers.